The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

1642 Words Nov 13th, 2015 7 Pages
Hysteria is uncontrollable and often exaggerated feelings that control groups of people for reasons that most often stem from fear. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, which is set in the Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 depicts the story of the Salem Witch Hunts, a wave of hysteria that spread through the town. It exposes the power of an individual to influence and change society, such as the character Abigail Williams who is the most well-known accuser in the story and John Proctor who acts against the court in order to try to bring rational thinking to the society. The characters of the play are motivated by fear, jealousy, and desire for power or revenge which is only accelerated by the society’s willingness to go with it. Through The Crucible it is shown that an individual may create hysteria in order to feel in power and have an influence over society by acting off of the beliefs of others. Individuals can have a lot of power or influence over people if they know how to base their actions off of the beliefs and views of the people around them. Because of the strict religious views of the Puritans, there was suspicion between all of the people and a strong base of fear of the Devil, God, and going to Hell. In The Crucible, Abigail Williams is the leader of a group of girls who accuse many of the women in Salem of working with the Devil. As seen in Abigail’s line, “Let you beware, Mr. Danforth. Think you to be so mighty that the power of Hell may not…

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